For the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world, the title “Blessed Mother” refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. For 2,000 years, this title has been sacred to Christians regardless of race, nationality and culture throughout the world.
In the New Testament, Mary’s title is mentioned by Mary herself after the Angel Gabriel visits her to tell her she will give birth to a saviour who is to be named Jesus the only Son of the Most High, God:
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. — Luke 1:48
Over the years, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians have conferred many reverential titles on the Blessed Virgin Mary, such as the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and many, many more. The Muslim faith has a high degree of reverence for Mary as well.
On November 1, 2019 at BlizzCon in Anaheim, Blizzard Entertainment blasphemed the Blessed Virgin Mary when it revealed to the world a cinematic video announcing the release of an upcoming video game called Diablo 4. At the end of the video, a warlock (notice the missing finger on his hand) utters the words in the presence of a Lilith, a blood-soaked demon just invoked in a disturbing, human sacrifice ceremony:
“Blessed mother, save us…”
Here is the video in question queued up at the precise moment the words are uttered:
As a Roman Catholic, words that equate an arch-demon named Lilith with the Blessed Mother of our faith are blasphemous and outrageous.
Of all the titles they could come up with, why did they have to pick a title that would be blasphemous to Christians?
Who is Lilith in the world of Diablo?
According to Blizzard’s lore Lilith is the Blessed Mother of Sanctuary.
Who is Lilith in ancient history and in popular culture?
Lilith is possibly alluded to just once in the Old Testament but is a part of Jewish folklore as Adam’s first wife. Here’s a revealing article entitled: The Anti-Mary: The Terrifying New Patroness of Abortion by Scott Smith. He explains who Lilith is from a Catholic perspective and how radical abortion-loving feminists have embraced her as an icon.
The title “Blessed Mother” is not something that they just invented. It’s a blatant mockery of the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ. Type in the words “blessed mother” into any search engine and you’ll see thousands of references to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Searc for graphics of “blessed mother” and thousands of holy and reverential images of the Mary will greet the viewer.
Here’s an infographic I made of just the first 7 pages of images that came up in Google for “blessed mother.”
Luis Barriga the Game Director for Diablo 4, is Hispanic and surely has ancestors who were Roman Catholic. There is simply no excuse for him not being fully aware that naming Lilith as the “Blessed Mother” in the Diablo 4 cinematic would be blasphemous and offensive to Catholics. All lore decisions would have had to pass by him for approval.
The Blizzard executive team would also have final say on this. They are equally responsible for allowing this outrage to occur.
For years, Blizzard has borrowed much of it’s lore from The Bible for it’s sinister demon and angel infused game world of Diablo. They take what they like from Western religion and art such as Dante and others and ignore what they don’t like. For example, this official artwork from the Diablo 4 deep dive panel is clearly influenced by sensibility of Christian art.
Additionally, the physique of the semi-naked man below the angel and Lilith looks very similar to various depictions of Christ crucified on the cross.
This article is not meant to be a review of Diablo 4 as it stands thus far, but I can’t let this go to print without briefly commenting on what I see. I have played versions of Diablo in the past but what I see here is downright frightening. They’ve gone from gothic inspired world to one drenched in Satanic themes. I’d advise Christian gamers to stay well away from Diablo 4.
While I respect the right of artists to be free to create what they want, they can and do go over the line at times and create art that is offensive to people of faith especially Christians. I do not want to mention past blasphemous art as it’s too sickening and depraved to even ponder.
The blasphemy in this video whether intentional or not is unacceptable. I can guarantee you they would never dare to offend Jews, Muslims and other groups that are considered as victims by today’s standards.
Blizzard has a history of insensitivity toward devout people of traditional faiths with it’s gratuitous inclusion of homosexuality within video games like Overwatch and it’s promotion of the LGBTQ agenda inside Blizzard. Yet, it has no problem removing those questionable themes at the behest of the communist Chinese regime for their enslaved Chinese audience.
From a business point of view, offending people whether deliberately or due to negligence makes no sense. Christians love playing video games too, so why needlessly alienate them?
Blizzard needs to do the right thing and remove the “blessed mother” dialogue from their official lore and from the Diablo 4 cinematic and replace it with something else more original and ensure that the new lore and cinematic dialogue is not related in any way to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This was brought to my attention by a loyal reader to whom I am very grateful. I hope other readers who are Catholic, Christian and others will share this article, tell their friends and let Blizzard know. Thank you!
“Hail, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.